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Interesting Facts About Sourav Ganguly
Like the ‘Prince of Calcutta’ Sourav Ganguly, there has been no one such authoritative, influential, and audacious in the history of Indian cricket. Ganguly changed the way of the cricketing World for India. Under his captaincy, India started winning matches and tournaments. ‘Dada’ always wanted to do changes in his way. He always considers his opponents as topple. As the ‘God of off-side’, Ganguly’s cover drives and sharp cuts were a sight of happiness. Combination of aggression with grace batting skills made him as one of the most destructive batsmen.
Ganguly’s Nickname is “Maharaj”
As a kid, Sourav was fondly called as ‘Maharaja’ means ‘Prince’ by his parents. Later, Geoffrey Boycott, renowned commentator, had titled him ‘The Prince of Calcutta’ during his playing career.
Changes from Right Hand to Left Hand Batsman
In early cricketing days, Sourav Ganguly starts his batting with right-hand. But, he changed himself into a left-handed batsman inspiring by his elder brother Snehashish Ganguly and also as a left-handed batsman Sourav could use his brother’s cricket gear. Snehashish Ganguly was a left-handed batsman and transformed himself into the left-handed batsman.
Sourav was a huge football fan and his first love. Due to elder brother Snehashish’s insistence, Sourav joined into a cricket academy. Thus one of India’s greatest Cricketer’s journey began during his class 10 holidays.
Ganguly is one of the co-owner of Atlético de Kolkata, including Sanjiv Goenka, Harshavardhan Neotia, Utsav Parekh, Spanish La Liga side Atlético de Madrid. This football team won the inaugural season in 2014.
Highest runs at Lord’s as a Debutant
As a debutant, Sourav Ganguly scored 131 runs at Lord’s in June 1996. Till now, it is still the highest score as a debutant player at Lord’s in International Cricket.
First Indian who score a Century in World Cup Knock-Out Match
Sourav Ganguly was the first Indian Cricketer who scores a century in the World Cup knockout match. In 2003 World Cup semi-final, Ganguly played an innings of 111 not out against Kenya. It was the first century in a World Cup knockout stage by an Indian batsman. He is the third Cricketer in the World to score a century including Aravinda De Silva and Mahela Jayawardene and lead his team to the final of a World Cup.
Rohit Sharma is the only another Indian cricketer who scored a century in World Cup Knock-out match. Rohit played an innings of 137 runs against Bangladesh in the quarter-final match of 2015 World Cup.
As a Captain highest number of Centuries in World Cup
As a captain, Sourav Ganguly hit three centuries in a single World Cup of 2003. It is the second most number of centuries as a captain in World Cup histories. Ganguly is just behind Ricky Ponting – the former World Cup-winning Australian captain who hit four centuries in World Cup as a captain.
Most ODI Centuries as a Left-Hand batting Captain
As a left-handed batting captain, Sourav Ganguly hit 11 ODI centuries that is maximum. Sanath Jayasuriya hit ten centuries and holds the second position in this list.
Build many Records as a Left-Hand batsman
For India, Sourav Ganguly scored most international runs as a left-handed batsman. Ganguly made 18,433 (7,212 runs in Tests and 11,221 runs in ODIs) runs in both international formats (Test and ODI). As an Indian left-hander, Sourav Ganguly hit 38 centuries (16 in Tests and 22 in ODIs) in his career of International Cricket.
Batting partnership between Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar is considered as one of the best in international cricket. As a batting pair, Ganguly and Tendulkar scored 8,227 ODI runs including 26-century partnership. In international cricket also, these pair scored 38-century partnership in which 12 in Tests and 26 in ODIs. As the opener, their partnership made 6,609 ODI runs.
Ganguly-Tendulkar partnerships scored 12,400 runs in international cricket in which 4,173 runs in Tests and 8,227 runs in ODIs and it is the second-most run in the international cricket. The partnership of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka – 13,368 runs in international cricket) hold the first position in this category.
Only Cricketer who win Four Successive Man of the Match Awards
Sourav Ganguly is the only Cricketer who wins four successive Man of the Match awards in ODIs in between 14th September and 21st September 1997. As an Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly also won most Man of the Match awards and Man of the Series awards outside India in ODI as well as in international cricket.
Ganguly won 8 Man of Match and 2 Man of Series awards outside India that is the international cricket history. Among those awards, Ganguly won 7 Man of Match, and 2 Man of Series awards in ODIs. Till now these records are unbreakable.
Excellent Cricket Career of Sourav Ganguly
- Test career average of Sourav Ganguly is 42.17. There is the fact that India never lost a Test match when Sourav Ganguly scored a century in that match. Out of Ganguly’s 16 Tests centuries, India had won 4 Test matches and drawn 12 Tests. The most interesting fact above all is that Test average of Sourav Ganguly never fell below 40 during his entire Test career.
- Besides hitting nine centuries in ODI as well as in the international cricket (12 centuries; 3 in Tests and 9 in ODIs), Sourav Ganguly also scored most Test runs (1693 runs) as a Captain at outside India.
- Also, Sourav Ganguly is the second most ODI runs scorer (3,619 runs) and international runs scorer (5,312 runs) as an Indian captain and outside India. Ganguly is behind MS Dhoni only in these two categories.
- As an Indian Captain, Sourav Ganguly has the best ODI bowling figure, i.e. 10 (Over)-1 (Maiden)-34 (Runs)-5 (Wickets) at Kanpur against Zimbabwe on 11th December 2000.
- Sourav is one of that five players who achieve the massive treble of 10,000 runs, 100 catches and 100 wickets in ODI cricket history of the World. The other four players are Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kallis, and Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Sourav Ganguly is a deeply religious person. He observes a fast every Tuesday.
The nurturer of talent
Sourav Ganguly always believed in providing opportunities to young talented players. Under Ganguly’s captaincy, we saw the birth of future superstars like Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, MS Dhoni and some of the others. These players flourished and left a mark as a fabulous cricketer.
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